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Bladder cancer claims guide


Who can make a bladder cancer claim?

You can make a claim for bladder cancer if you or a loved one has been the victim of medical misdiagnosis or mistreatment of bladder cancer.

As an experienced medical negligence law firm, we provide free, no-obligation legal advice and can support you in obtaining the compensation you are owed.


Symptoms of bladder cancer

The most common symptom of bladder cancer is blood in the urine. Haematuria is the medical term for blood in your urine, and it is usually painless.

Less common symptoms of bladder cancer include:

  • A need to urinate more frequently
  • A sudden urge to urinate
  • A burning sensation when passing urine.

In cases of advanced bladder cancer, symptoms may include:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Bone pain
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Swelling of the legs.

Around 10,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year. It is the 11th most common form of cancer in the country.


Bladder cancer medical negligence claims

Medical negligence is when the treatment you receive does not meet the standard that would be reasonably expected of a competent medical professional and causes you harm as a result.

If you have suffered from negligent treatment of bladder cancer, you may be able to claim for compensation.

Treatment or misdiagnosis of bladder cancer may amount to negligence if your GP or specialist/urologist fails to:

  • Ask the right questions when you’re showing symptoms of bladder cancer and/or gather a proper medical history
  • Carry out any necessary tests, including a cystoscopy
  • Complete and interpret tests correctly
  • Make sure any necessary follow-up treatment is given
  • Inform you about the risks involved in your treatment (obtain informed consent)
  • Diagnose and treat you in a timely manner
  • Identify the most common symptoms of bladder cancer and investigate further.

Symptoms of bladder cancer can sometimes be wrongly mistaken for symptoms of cystitis, urinary tract infection, a kidney infection, or an enlarged prostate gland in men. These conditions can also produce similar symptoms, but medical professionals must follow guidelines so they don't jump to the wrong conclusion.

If a doctor failed to promptly diagnose your bladder cancer, you can make a cancer misdiagnosis claim.


No win, no fee claims

Our lawyers work on a no win, no fee basis. If you are not awarded compensation, you will not be required to pay your solicitor’s legal fees.

If your compensation claim is successful, your specialist solicitor's fees will be covered by taking a prearranged percentage from your settlement amount – at Thompsons, this will never be more than 25%.


How much compensation can I claim?

Bladder cancer can have life-changing consequences and can even be fatal. The amount of compensation a person is entitled to if they suffer bladder cancer will depend on a number of factors, which include:

  • How much of an impact the cancer has had on their life
  • To what extent medical negligence is to blame for that impact
  • Any financial losses incurred as a result of their cancer.

There are two categories of compensation awards: general damages and special damages. General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA). Special damages are paid out for financial losses and expenses incurred as a result of the personal injury.

The following bladder cancer compensation amounts are based on the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Fifteenth Edition by the Judicial College, published in 2019.

As a starting point, personal injury solicitors and courts use these tables when calculating your compensation.


Bladder cancer compensation amounts






Bladder and bowel injury                           


Total loss of bowel and bladder function

Up to £146,840

Bladder injury                                         


Long term injury with full recovery

£18,660 to £24,950

Bladder injury                                         


Serious impairment of control

£51,000 to £63,720

Bladder injury                                         


Complete loss of function and control

Up to £112,100

Bladder injury                                         

Very Severe

Total loss of bowel and bladder function

Up to £146,840


How to make a bladder cancer compensation claim

If you are seeking compensation for bladder cancer, then you will first need to contact us with the details of your case.

Complete our short online enquiry form or call us on 0800 0 224 224 for free, no-obligation legal advice.